Po­lit­i­cal land­scape un­changed by weather

The Covington News - - Opinion - Dick Yar­brough Reach Dick Yar­brough at yarb2400@bell­south. net or P. O. Box 725373, At­lanta, GA 31139.

Last week you would have thought we were liv­ing in two dif­fer­ent states. North of the Gnat Line, it seemed like Siberia. Even pos­sums and yard dogs were hug­ging each other try­ing to stay warm.

South of the line, folks as­sumed that God was pun­ish­ing Nor th Ge­or­gia for hav­ing taken most of the po­lit­i­cal power in the last elec­tion.

I am no the­olo­gian but I don’t be­lieve God gives a rip about pol­i­tics. If he did, He would or­der a plague of lo­custs to de­scend on the Gold Dome and eat up the free­bies that lizard-loafered lob­by­ists pro­vide our intrepid pub­lic ser­vants, thereby caus­ing them to have to buy their own meals.

Of course, there are some things even a lo­cust won’t do, like hang around with a bunch of politi­cians and lob­by­ists.

Right in the mid­dle of a storm that was so fierce it looked like Bos­ton in July, Gov. Nathan Deal was in­au­gu­rated as Ge­or­gia’s 82nd gover­nor, suc­ceed­ing such stal­warts as Humphrey Wells, Seth John Cuth­bert and Ge­orge E. Per­due. Be­fore he could sit down in his new of­fice, he was con­fronted by sec­ond-guess­ing news me­dia who wanted to know why it took so long to clear the high­ways in Ge­or­gia. He kept his cool. That is why he is the gover­nor and I am not.

Had I been gover­nor, I would have is­sued an Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der re­quir­ing those State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion work­ers who la­bored so dili­gently to clear our roads amidst jack­knifed trucks and empty-headed mo­torists to hunt down the sec­ond-guess­ing news me­dia and dump the snow on their heads. Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der Num­ber Two would have been to make sure the next time we have a bliz­zard, the me­dia will be re­quired to scrape the roads them­selves and the DOT work­ers can laugh them­selves silly at a bunch of re­porters and ed­i­to­rial writ­ers who wouldn’t know a shovel from a shish kabob.

In At­lanta, there was one group that stayed true to their pledge that “ nei­ther snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couri­ers from the swift com­ple­tion of their ap­pointed rounds.” Alas, it wasn’t the Postal Ser­vice; it was the Ge­or­gia Gen­eral Assem­bly. They weren’t about to let a lit­tle in­clement weather or gloom of night keep them from their ap­pointed rounds.

You may have heard about the power grab in the State Se­nate. It makes me won­der why we even bother to vote. Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle re­ceived 1.4 mil­lion votes in his re-elec­tion bid. Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Chip Rogers ( R-Wood­stock) re­ceived 46,000 and Sen. Tom­mie Wil­liams (R-Lyons) re­ceived less than half that. Yet, here they are run­ning the State Se­nate, hav­ing stripped Ca­gle of his power.

The only leg­is­la­tion that will come out of the Se­nate is what Rogers, Wil­liams and their bud­dies will al­low. If the last ses­sion is any in­di­ca­tion, we may once again see a ban on mi­crochip­ping our body parts ( co-spon­sored last year by Sen. Rogers) and a law al­low­ing preach­ers to pack heat in the pul­pit pro­posed by an­other mem­ber of the Putsch, Sen. Mitch Se­abaugh ( R-Sharps­burg).

Some­body once asked hu­morist Will Rogers where he got his com­edy ma­te­rial. Rogers said, “ I don’t make jokes. I just watch the govern­ment and re­port the facts.” Ol’ Will would have loved the Ge­or­gia Leg­is­la­ture.

On an­other mat­ter, House Ma­jor­ity Whip Ed Lind­sey, ( R-At­lanta) took um­brage that I re­ported here what he had told an At­lanta news­pa­per about vis­it­ing Colorado to re­view a re­cent law there rat­ing teacher per­for­mance. He said I should have con­tacted him first. Good point. Lord knows I don’t want a Ma­jor­ity Whip cranky with me. That’s like pick­ing a fight with Lash LaRue.

I will get in touch Mr. Lind­sey and will also pass along the re­ac­tions of an­gry teach­ers across Ge­or­gia who, de­spite what many think, don’t mind get­ting rid of in­com­pe­tent teach­ers. They ob­vi­ously don’t like be­ing lumped in with the bad ap­ples. The big con­cern is that teach­ers just don’t trust our intrepid pub­lic ser­vants to get it right. That’s a good point, too. I will re­port on our con­ver­sa­tion if and when it oc­curs. Ac­tu­ally, I’m ex­cited. I’ve never talked to a whip be­fore.

In the mean­time, let’s hope the only ice we see in Ge­or­gia for the fore­see­able fu­ture will be in our sweet tea glasses. Frankly, I’d rather deal with lo­custs.

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